Basketball was first included in the Commonwealth Games in the 2006 games in Melbourne and returned as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.[1]

Following the 2018 Games, regular full-court basketball was replaced as an optional Commonwealth Games sport by the 3x3 variation of the sport.[2] This will make its debut at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with both able-bodied and wheelchair competitions taking place.[3]

History

In 2006 in Melbourne, Australia won the first ever Commonwealth Games Gold Medals in both the men's and women's competitions. New Zealand's teams and England's teams won the Silver and Bronze Medals respectively.

It was announced in 2011 that Basketball would return to the games at the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast. A total of 16 teams (8 men and 8 women) are scheduled to compete in 2018.[4]

Although Canada, one of the strongest basketball nations in the world, did not enter a men's or women's team in 2006, it did so in both tournaments in 2018.

In August 2017, it was announced that 3x3 basketball would be part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.[5]

Commonwealth Basketball Championships

Although basketball has only been a part of the Commonwealth Games programme twice, there have been Commonwealth Basketball Championships held.

In 1978 the first such competition was co-hosted by England, Wales and Scotland.

In 2010 the Commonwealth Basketball Championships were due to be held in New Delhi, the venue for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. However, in February 2010 FIBA cancelled the event, on the grounds that the international calendar was too crowded.

Venues

Men's tournaments

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold medalist Score Silver medalist Bronze medalist Score Fourth place
2006
Details
Melbourne, Australia
Australia
81-76
New Zealand

England
80-57
Nigeria
2018
Details
Gold Coast, Australia
Australia
87-47
Canada

New Zealand
79-69
Scotland

Performance by nations

Nation 2006 2018 Years
 Australia 1st 1st 2
 Barbados 5th - 1
 Cameroon - 7th 1
 Canada - 2nd 1
 England 3rd 6th 2
 India 8th 8th 2
 New Zealand 2nd 3rd 2
 Nigeria 4th 5th 2
 Scotland 6th 4th 2
 South Africa 7th - 1
Nations 8 8 10

Women's tournaments

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold medalist Score Silver medalist Bronze medalist Score Fourth place
2006
Details
Melbourne, Australia
Australia
77-39
New Zealand

England
78-75
Nigeria
2018
Details
Gold Coast, Australia
Australia
99-55
England

New Zealand
74-58
Canada

Performance by nations

Nation 2006 2018 Years
 Australia 1st 1st 2
 Canada - 4th 1
 England 3rd 2nd 2
 India 8th 8th 2
 Jamaica - 5th 1
 Malaysia 7th 7th 2
 Malta 6th - 1
 Mozambique 5th 6th 2
 New Zealand 2nd 3rd 2
 Nigeria 4th - 1
Nations 8 8 10

3x3 tournaments

Men's tournaments

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold medalist Score Silver medalist Bronze medalist Score Fourth place
2022
Details
Birmingham, England

Women's tournaments

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold medalist Score Silver medalist Bronze medalist Score Fourth place
2022
Details
Birmingham, England

Men's Wheelchair tournaments

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold medalist Score Silver medalist Bronze medalist Score Fourth place
2022
Details
Birmingham, England

Women's Wheelchair tournaments

Year Host Gold medal game Bronze medal game
Gold medalist Score Silver medalist Bronze medalist Score Fourth place
2022
Details
Birmingham, England

All-time medal table

Updated after the 2018 Commonwealth Games

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Australia (AUS)4004
2 New Zealand (NZL)0224
3 England (ENG)0123
4 Canada (CAN)0101
Totals (4 nations)44412

Medal leaders by athlete

Rank Athlete Nation Games Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Brad Newley  Australia 2006–2018 2 0 0 2
Belinda Snell  Australia 2006–2018 2 0 0 2

References

  1. ^ Morgan, Liam (28 July 2017). "Gold Coast 2018 reveal list of competing nations in basketball events". Insidethegames.biz. Dunsar Media. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Constitutional Documents of the Commonwealth Games Federation" (PDF). thecgf.com. Retrieved 2021-09-04.
  3. ^ "Birmingham 2022 Medal Event Programme" (PDF). birmingham2022.com. Retrieved 18 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Athlete Allocation System" (PDF). www.triathlon.org/. International Triathlon Union. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ Birmingham include 3x3 basketball and Urban Street Festival as part of 2022 Commonwealth Games plans